Kindergarten Curriculum

The Kindergarten Experience:

  • Provides a variety of concrete academic activities
  • Supports individual development and learning style
  • Focuses on language development, listening, and thinking skills
  • Expands intellectual, social, emotional, and physical experiences for the student
  • Integrates the Carden curriculum and philosophies with developmentally appropriate activities
  • Nurtures and develops the whole child

LITERATURE:

  • Over in the Meadow
  • The Little Engine That Could
  • Play With Me
  • Marshmallow
  • Poetry

READING:

  • Phonetic approach using the Carden vowel chart
  • Consonant Sounds
  • Consonant Blends
  • Alphabet—letters before, after and between
  • Recognition of beginning consonants and final consonants of words
  • Long and short sounds
  • Reading words and sentences
  • Establish foundation for rhythmic reading
  • Establish mental image
  • Comprehension development
  • Acquisition of an increased vocabulary
  • Introduction to book reports

LANGUAGE ARTS:

  • Letter writing with emphasis on proper pencil holding
  •  Sentence recognition
  • Application of grammar to writing
  • Verbs in Present and Past Tense

SPELLING:

  • Understanding of a basic spelling lesson and vowel chart
  • Application of phonics
  • Vocabulary building

WRITING:

  • Focus on words and sentences
  • The writing process: topics and details, checking writing, sharing writing
  • Vocabulary building

MATHEMATICS:

Number Concepts from one to nine including the following:

  • Boxes: 1-9 (addition combinations in sequential format)
  • Chart of ones to nine
  • Number line from 1-9
  • Word problems
  • Double-digit addition—no carrying involved
  • Comprehension of the ones and tens house
  • Fractions (whole, ½, ¼)
  • Multiplication (2,5, and 10)

SCIENCE:

  • LIFE SCIENCE: Nutrition, Human Body, the Senses, Mammals & Amphibians, Plants
  • PHYSICAL SCIENCE: Students will know that objects are made of different physical properties (e.g. size, shape, color) and materials (e.g. cloth, paper, and brick)
  • EARTH SCIENCE: Students know changes in the weather occur from day to day. The Students will learn about the composition of the earth, land, air and water.
  • Space and Technology: Day and nighttime sky, simple machines
  • Class science fair project

SOCIAL STUDIES:

  • Focus: “All Around the Neighborhood”
  • Topics include school, the park, library, grocery store, fire and police station, post office, medical and dental clinic, animal health clinic, recycling center construction sites and restaurants.

FRENCH: 

  • Textbook French For Elementary Schools
  • Basic vocabulary, greetings and salutations.
  • Vocabulary includes colors, counting 1-20, parts of the body, the alphabet, etc.
  • Oral learning is reinforced by worksheets, hands on activities, songs, crafts and games
  • Students are taught to answer simple questions and to follow certain commands
  • Sounds: ou, oi

MANDARIN:

Textbooks and workbooks are from New Concept Chinese (book 1) and Lang Lang Chinese (starter)..

  • Use simplified Characters and Pinyin.
  • Read and write Chinese characters (direct Chinese character recognition)
  • Use Mandarin in daily conversation by using interesting topics and thematic units
  • Including school, family and community, daily life, numbers (1-30), body parts, date and days, weather and colors.
  • Songs, stories, rhymes and role play will be incorporated.
  • Enhance academic, cognitive and communication skills
  • Have an understanding of intercultural and global awareness

SPANISH

  • Introduction to Spanish and Spanish speaking countries
  • Greetings
  • Alphabet, numbers and colors
  • Body parts
  • Animals
  • Classroom vocabulary

ART:

  • Curriculum includes projects that reinforce academic materials and the seasons.
  • Artists and their work such as Vincent Van Gogh and Claude Monet
  • Color theory, color mixing, elements of art such as texture, line, pattern and shape
  • Mediums such as watercolors, oil pastels, soft pastels, color pencils, tempera are used
  • Hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills are developed with beading, stenciling, sculpture. I -pads will be used for storyboards.
  • iPads will be used for storyboards

MUSIC:

  • Learn theory, songs and Early Music Awareness (singing, movement, rhythm, solfeggio such as do, re, mi and instruments).
  • Songs and rote singing

TECHNOLOGY:

  • Learn to successfully locate keys
  • Learn to use open-source software
  • Create pictures as they strengthen their fine motor skills (drag-drop) and hand-eye coordination (click on the right letter)
  • Be introduced to keyboarding software

Kindergarteners are issued iPads for use in the classroom. The classroom teacher will introduce learning apps, videos, presentations and more to enhance what is taught in the classroom.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION:

  • Locomotor Skills: jogging, running, skipping, hopping, sliding, jumping, galloping and leaping; traveling in straight, curved, and zigzag pathways
  • Manipulative Skills: kicking, punting, dribbling with feet and hands, overhand and underhand throwing, catching, tossing, and bouncing a ball or object
  • Movement concepts: travel within large groups; travel forward and sideways; differences between under and over, behind and in front, next to and through, up and down, forward and backward; spatial awareness; differentiate between slow and fast; changing direction
  • Body Management: balance; describing parts of the body
  • Flexibility: stretching shoulders, legs, arms, and backs
  • Group Dynamics: practice use of equipment; being a leader and follower; practice teamwork; practice good sportsmanship
  • Fundamentals of sports: soccer, basketball, and kickball
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